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Mirila

Mirila

Mirila are characteristic notabilities of  Velebit region made from 17-20th century. These are sepulchral signs that keep the memory of the deceased, who had to be carried to church and cemetery.

On that difficult path only one stop and rest was allowed. The deceased could be put at only one place, the place of his last greet to the sun. On that spot, a mesaure-mirilo (mira) of the deceased remained, marked by the headstone and bottom stone, with paving between them, and a shallow carved symbols at the relief of the head stone. Mirila were more respected than the grave itself which contained only “the body without the soul, the soul that remained on mirila“.